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Part of my Super Busy Week Of Awesome (Which Unfortunately Gave Me The Flu) was going to a a gig where a friend of mine was playing. Because I was going to a club, I decided to amp up the makeup a little and give the Rock Chick look from Charlotte Tilbury a try– smoky eyes, nude lips, etc. Here’s how it turned out:


I was pretty happy with it overall, although because I was over-nighting in a hotel, I only brought travel size foundation, and you can see by the comparison with my neck that it was just a tad too dark for my skin! You can also see the messy, un-made hotel beds behind me, oops. Mother would be so ashamed that I didn’t make my bed that morning, but I was just so ill that it was a struggle to dress and do makeup, much less anything else. I’m pulling such a weird face in this photo, too, mostly due to trying to look awake and like I wasn’t going to keel over and throw up at any minute. I can’t even blame having been on the town the night before (since I wasn’t; we did a spa evening instead). I can only attribute it to the oncoming sickness which has currently has me bed-bound.

Here’s what I was wearing:


Benefit Porefessional Primer
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in #100
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Benefit Brow Zings in Blonde
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Rock Chick
They’re Real mascara
Clinique Quick Blush in #05 Pronto Pink
Wet & Wild Balm Megaslicks Stain in E128
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Sparkling Shell

The eagle-eyed may also have spotted that I’m sporting some kind of glitter about the cheeks– couldn’t tell you what it was, since my friend applied it when she squeezed out too much for herself by mistake! I packed pretty light for this trip, and this was more or less all the makeup I brought, aside from a red lip gloss to give me an alternative look, if I should want one.

I do love the Tilbury palettes, but I can’t help feeling they’re not quite as versatile as the Naked ones. Obviously, the Nakeds are far larger and thus less easy to pack, but they’re also cheaper, despite being of similar quality. I’m planning to mess about with my Tilbury quads a bit in the future to see what can be achieved with them in terms of versatility, but I don’t know how far it’s possible to deviate from the “prescribed” look with them. Packing Rock Chick was perfect for me for this particular trip, as it was an overnight stay which involved wearing only no makeup (spa time) and heavy makeup (gig time), but I don’t think it would have been nearly as useful as one of my Naked palettes if I’d been staying longer and had a greater range of activities planned. Maybe I’ll change my mind after a bit of practice, though?

Have you tried the Rock Chick eye quad from Charlotte Tilbury? Are you a fan of the heavy eye/nude lip style? Do you have any suggestions for using this palette in other ways? Drop me a line and let me know!



As before, here’s the FOTD that goes with my most recent OOTD!



Holy eyebags. Batman! Should have tried harder with the concealer, I guess. Oh, well. Did manage to kill the raging hormonal explosion on my cheek, so it might have been worse! Back to my beloved Naked 3 for the eyes here, but I am trying out something new with the foundation. I’m looking for something different at the moment, and in the running are Dior Skin Star, Estee Lauder Double Wear, and MUFE HD foundation. The trouble is, I’m both pale and yellow/neutral toned. Getting foundation to match this shade is, as I’ve mentioned before, nothing short of nightmarish. Consequently, I’m hoping to get to trial a few before ultimately making a decision. The lovely Anna at the Dior counter in House of Fraser in Dundrum was kind enough to give me a trial pot of both #10 (light pink-toned) and #11 (light yellow-toned) to use at home to see how it worked out for me.

I’m wearing #11 here, and I think it worked out okay! I am LOVING this foundation. I’m not 100% sure on the shade (I will want to try out the #10 first for comparison), but the foundation itself is lovely. It’s very, very buildable (I only did a light and sheer application here) and not heavy or smothering at all. Compared to the Urban Decay Naked Skin I usually use, this oddly feels far more… Naked. Despite this, it gives pretty excellent coverage. (Although as you can tell from the picture above, you might want to apply a concealer in the eye area with it too, or at least more than one light layer if you have persistent dark circles.) The only complaint I had was that oddly, at the end of the day, I had mascara smears under my eyes. That usually never happens with this mascara, and I’m wondering if I just didn’t give it enough time to dry (I was in a bit of a rush this morning) or if there’s something about this foundation that encourages mascara to smear? More testing definitely required– perhaps if I try it with a powder…

Here’s what else I was wearing:


Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector (not pictured, because oops)
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Dior Skin Star in #11 Creme

Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #3 (Strange, Buzz, Liar, Factory)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Guerlain Gloss D’Enfer in #464

Benefit Dandelion Blush
Face and Body Illuminator in #61

Do you have any foundation recommendations for me? What do you think of DiorSkin Star? Do you have any tips for encouraging your mascara to stay in place? Drop me a line and let me know!



As before, here’s the FOTD that goes with my most recent OOTD!


I’m breaking into my Naked 2 for the first time here. Oh, how I love the Naked palettes– let me count the ways…! One, two, three… Three and a half (Naked On The Run). Here’s what else I’m using:


Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Urban Decay Naked Foundation in #0.5

Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #2 (Foxy, Half Baked, Snakebite, Suspect)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Chanel Brilliant Gloss in #66

Benefit Dandelion Blush
Face and Body Illuminator in #61

I’m happy enough how this turned out, even if it’s not quite perfect because there were many points where it tried to go horribly, horribly wrong. Firstly, my skin is throwing a minor wobbly right now. That’s all right; I just pasted on the concealer(s) and then foundation. Job done, sort of. Then my eye makeup went wrong. Twice. First, I messed up my eyelining, which had to be corrected. Not so big a deal, though you can still see where some mascara has made the liner darker looking on one eye, alas.

Then, inexplicably, I managed to smear mascara over both my eyelids and also ALL OVER MY FACE. In trying to fix the escaped mascara on my eye, I got it on my hands, and then got it on my cheeks, and then my nose… Cleaning that mess up took a while, as you can imagine, which is why the above photo is a bit rushed– by this point, I was running very short on time!

I do like how the eyes turned out despite all the problems, though. Naked 2 is every bit as brilliant as I was hoping it would be… So long as you don’t make a mess of yourself while using it, anyway.

What new additions to your makeup collection are you loving right now? What do you wish you’d tried earlier? How often do you make an utter mess of your face in the mornings (please say frequently, so I don’t feel so useless and alone)? Drop me a line and let me know!



I’m probably the last person on the planet to know about this, but just in case I’m not: Benefit Bargain Alert at Boots! On my way up to the till in Dundrum today, I spotted this:


Contains a mini Bad Gal Lash mascara, a mini Porefessional, and a mini PosieTint– all for the bargain price of €12. If you’re into travel-size minis (which I am) or were interested in trying out any of these products (which I also am), this is definitely worth checking out. I’m not sure if it’s a limited time offer, but there weren’t many left when I grabbed this, so you might want to hustle to Dundrum if you want to get your paws on one!

Do you like travel size minis? Are you tempted by bargain offers to try out products you’ve been considering? Have you picked this one up already, or are you considering running out for one? Drop me a line and let me know!



Next on Inside My Makeup Drawer, part eight:


Blushers & Highlighters

1 x Autograph Pure Colour Powder
1 x Inglot AMC Face & Body Illuminator 61
1 x Inglot AMC White Highlighting Powder
1 x Estee Lauder Tender Blush Rose Nuance

Not pictured: Benefit Danlion, Nyx Winter In Moscow Pink Blush, Clinque Quick Blush Pronto Pink

I just love blushers; they’re one of the few items of makeup that I wear more or less daily. My collection of these is pretty small, but when it comes to blush, I’m less interested in having several options and more interested in finding the one that most closely matches my natural flush.

Are you a blusher fan? Have you found your perfect blush? Drop me a line and let me know!


I think I should probably make a tag for these, since most of my shopping seems to come from Dundrum these days! This most recent visit has been to McCabes and M&S. I also visited Boots, but they are STILL out of Hydraluron. My supplies of that stuff are now running dangerously low, and I’m beginning to get concerned!


From top: Catrice Gel Eyeliner Brush ~€4
Holly Sharpe for M&S Limited Collection Face Palette €16
Catrice Smokey Eyes Brush ~€4
Catrice Eyebrow Lifter ~€4
Catrice Eyebrow Filler ~€4
Catrice Made to Stay Inside Eye Highlighter Pen ~€4
Catrice Made to Stay Highlighter Pen ~€4

As you can see, I went on a bit of a Catrice spree today! They’re one of my favourite budget brands– I prefer to try new-to-me products in budget offerings before splashing the cash on a more expensive brand. That way, I have fewer regrets and more pennies if I find whatever-it-is doesn’t work well for me. I have to say, though, Catrice have impressed me with their quality, and their prices are phenomenal. Double-ended brushes for under a fiver? Consider me sold.

Apologies for the estimated prices above; mum took the McCabes receipt home with her, so I’m going by memory. As far as I can recall, though, nothing I bought there was over a fiver, which I think is pretty excellent. I’ll be doing more detailed reviews of the individual items as I use them over the coming weeks. I have to confess: I’m most excited about the brow gel, because brows are a serious bone of contention for me, and I’m always on the lookout for something that will give mine the perfect touch. Here’s hoping I’ve struck gold here! I’m currently using Benefit Brow Duo, and I’ll be curious to measure this gel version against a powder product.

The last item I picked up, in M&S, is kind of a funny one. I was debating some Stila palettes in Harvey Nichols today, each of which were €32. Not bad, I thought, for ten shadows– at €3.20 a pop, that’s good value. Here are the two I was considering:


Cute, right? There are two other sets in the range, but they’re way too similar to the Naked palettes I already own for me to consider. These, though… There’s a nice enough mix of blues, greens, pinks, purples, and neutrals that I thought they were worth considering. I was giving some serious thought to purchasing both of these when I spotted this palette from M&S. Here’s what it looks like opened out:


As mentioned previously, I’m no fan of Limited Edition products, but I couldn’t pass this one up. Can you spot the similarities in colours to the Stila palettes above? This M&S one is half the price of one of those, with bonus lipglosses and blushers to boot! I’m super excited about this find. I swatched them on my hand in the store, and the colour payoff seemed to be pretty decent, although the staying power of course is slightly less than the Stila offerings. (I’m guessing a bit of primer will fix that, though.) The colours aren’t exactly the same, either; the purple is a little more wine, and there’s a green and a turquoise rather than a teal… But that actually works out better for me, so I’m very pleased with my purchase. I’ll do a more thorough write-up on it once I’ve had a chance to use it, but I think this is going to be a good buy.

My makeup drawer is beginning to become a bit cluttered with palettes, so I think it’s time I give shopping for them a break… With the possible exception of the new Urban Decay brights one, when I can get my grubby hands on it, because that thing just looks amazing.

Are you a palette fiend? Are you a lover of Catrice or M&S offerings? Do you have a favourite budget beauty brand you’d like to share? Drop me a line and let me know!


Number seven on the list of things Inside My Makeup Drawer:


Primers, Concealers, & Foundations

1 x Benefit Pore Professional
1 x Smashbox Photo Finish
1 x Inglot Cream Concealer 60
1 x Benefit Boi-Ing 01
1 x Rimmel Perfect Match Foundation 100
1 x La Prairie Brightening Eye Treatment 10
1 x Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Fair
1 x Creme De La Mer Foundation Porcelain

Yep, you guessed it: I’m pale as a ghost and I don’t like wearing heavy foundation. It’s actually really difficult for me to find foundations that match my skin colour and I don’t much enjoy the feel of it on my skin so this side of my makeup collection is on the small side. I do love a good primer, though!

Are you a foundation fan, or do you prefer a nearly naked face? Are any of your favourites featured here? Drop me a line and let me know!



Hitting the halfway point in my series on  Inside My Makeup Drawer with number six, the Big One, ladies and gentlemen:


Eye & Brow Shadows

1 x Benefit Brow Zings (Light)
1 x No7 Shadow Kit (Green/Cream/Gold)
1 x Essence Eyeshadow Quattro (Party Animal)
1 x Essence Eyeshadow Quattro (Sixties Reloaded)
1 x Yves Saint Lauren Ombres Quadrilumieres (Green)
1 x Mac Shadestick (Corn)
1 x Clinique Eye Shadow Quad (Choco-latte)
1 x Clinique Eye Shadow Quad (Polar Blue)
1 x Make Up Factory Quad (254)
1 x Essence 3D Eyeshadow (Irresistible First Love)
1 x Clinique Eye Shadow Duo (Victorian Pink)
1 x Max Factor Eye Shadow Trio (Black/Brown/Gold)
1 x Clinique Single (Soft Shimmer)
1 x Essence All About Nude palette
1 x Technic Single (Gold)
1 x Wet & Wild Colour Icon (Envy)
1 x Wet & Wild Glitter Single (Spiked)
1 x Wet & Wild Glitter Single (Bleached)

Not pictured: Estee Lauder Automatic Brow Pencil Duo

Wow, that’s a whole lot of shadows, and that doesn’t even cover my big palettes. Didn’t realise I had quite so many…

Do you own any of these products? Do you spot any of your faves here? Drop me a line and let me know!


Today’s contribution to Inside My Makeup Drawer is number four:


Benefit Feeling Dandy Kit

1 x High Beam
1 x Posie Tint
1 x Dandelion Blush
1 x Dandelion Gloss

I love this kit. I love miniatures kits in general, because they’re easier to toss into a travel makeup kit to take out with you when you go places. It also means you get to try out products in smaller sizes to discover which ones you’ll want to repurchase in full size. For me, this is going to be the blush (it’s just perfect for my skintone) and possibly the High Beam highlighter.

Do you like trial size sets and kits? Are you a Benefit fan? Drop me a line and let me know!


If there’s one thing to soothe the pain of coming back from holidays, it’s getting to crack into all the lovely bits and pieces you bought in duty free before and after you left. Eagle-eyed readers might notice that I have not been commenting as much as usual recently, and there is good reason for this: I have been enjoying beautiful Gran Canaria for the past few days. (I made sure to have a nice stock of posts scheduled before I left so that everyone wouldn’t forget me while I was gone, haha.) I’ll have a full post about my experiences there shortly (spoiler: they were amazing), but first let’s take a peep at what lightened my wallet as I passed through duty free, shall we?

First thing’s first: I have a warning. According to weird duty laws, The Canary Islands are apparently “not part of the EU”. According to Wiki, the islands “are outside the European Union customs territory and VAT area, though politically within the EU”. The consequences of this for beauty-fiend travellers wanting to stock up at aiport prices means that you cannot avail of the airport’s Shop & Collect service if you are going there. (Shop & Collect is only available for inter-EU return trips. You can’t use it going to America, either.)

I got a terrible shock at the desk when I was told “The Canaries aren’t part of the EU”, and began  frantically questioning if I ought to have changed money before going there, because, you know, how can they be outside the EU if they use the Euro? On that front I was safe enough, though: their currency is the Euro, but their duty laws are their own. Bonkers, I know, but something to be aware of if you’re going there! Fortunately, I was, for once, travelling with checked luggage and was able to bring everything back easily enough, but I would have been up the creek with only my giant bottles of liquid for a paddle otherwise.

Anyway, here’s what I got:


From top: Benefit Dandelion Blusher, Creme de la Mer Oil Absorbing Tonic*, Creme de la Mer Radiant Infusion, Clinque Line Smoothing Concealer in 02 Light, Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Chocolate Brown, Lancome Absolu Au Natural palette. The first three were purchased in Dublin on my way out, and the last three in Las Palmas on my way home.

*I have just now realised that instead of the Oil Absorbing Lotion, the saleslady gave me the Oil Absorbing Tonic. Disaster! They’re not the same thing at all. I will have to call up The Loop tomorrow and see if anything can be done about it. I’m quite put out about this because I know I said lotion quite clearly, so I assume she just grabbed the wrong bottle (since they both have “oil absorbing” on them) and since she brought them to the checkout, I didn’t think to check them until just now. Both of us at fault, alas, though I don’t know if anything can be done about it. Will let you know how I got on with my call tomorrow.

A slightly more detailed shot of the makeup elements:


I’ll do a full product experience post on all of these as I use them more, but these are my initial thoughts:

BENEFIT DANDELION BLUSH: I’ve been wanting a full-size/portable Dandelion blush since I got their Feeling Dandy kit a while ago. I’m a big fan of kits and palettes in general, but my sole gripe about that one is that the blush (my favourite part of it) can’t be removed and the kit itself is a huge cardboard affair that doesn’t exactly fit into a makeup bag. This one I can carry about with me, though, and it’s got a nice little plastic cap to keep the powder from going everywhere along with a little brush inside it. Super handy!

CLINIQUE LINE SMOOTHING CONCEALER: I don’t know why Clinque doesn’t get more attention from the beauty blogging world, but I think it’s a terrible shame. It was one of the first brands I came to when I started looking at makeup some years ago, and it’s still one of my favourites. Their products are generally solid, reliable, and low-flash, all of which I like. They’re also not so big into the limited edition and seasonal stuff as other brands, which is another plus for me personally (but which I recognise might put some others off). However, if you’re into concealers, this stuff should probably be your holy grail. It feels light, but has epic coverage powers. It even covers freckles! Considering I just came back from the sun, that’s a huge plus for me.

CLINIQUE LASH POWER MASCARA: I’m going to be honest, I bought this just because I wanted a brown mascara and this was the only one I could find. My eyelashes are really long and very thick, and sometimes when I wear mascara, they can look a bit too much for my preferred natural look. I wanted something that had less impact than something like my beloved Benefit They’re Real but which also wouldn’t smudge, so I’m going to give this a try. More thoughts on it as I use it over the coming days and weeks!

LANCOME ABSOLU AU NATURAL: This one was a pressie from Mummy, and I can’t even bring myself to remove the plastic wrapping on this one, it’s so lovely, so I have no real thoughts to add, as yet. As mentioned above, I’m a big fan of kits/sets, and this looks like something small enough to take with me, but with enough options that I wouldn’t need anything else. Isn’t that the ultimate goal of all palettes? I think it is. Whether or not this actually stacks up is another question, though, so I’ll have to try it out a few times and see how I get on with it, so expect a product experience post on this one coming soon.

Are you a duty free fiend like me? Have you ever had a wrong-product nightmare discovered after returning home from your hols? Have you tried any of the above products? Drop me a line and let me know!